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  238.230.  Special assessments, vote required — election, ballot form — petition form — effect of failure of question. — 1.  If approved by:

  (1)  A majority of the qualified voters voting on the question in the district; or

  (2)  The owners of record of all of the real property located within the district who shall indicate their approval by signing a special assessment petition;

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the district may make one or more special assessments for those project improvements which specially benefit the properties within the district.  Improvements which may confer special benefits within a district include but are not limited to improvements which are intended primarily to serve traffic originating or ending within the district, to reduce local traffic congestion or circuity of travel, or to improve the safety of motorists or pedestrians within the district.

  2.  The ballot question shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the ______ Transportation Development District be authorized to levy special assessments against property benefitted within the district for the purpose of providing revenue for the development of a project (or projects) in the district (insert general description of the project or projects, if necessary), said special assessments to be levied ratably against each tract, lot or parcel of property within the district which is benefitted by such project in proportion to the (insert method of allocating special assessments), in an amount not to exceed $______ per annum per (insert unit of measurement)?

  3.  The special assessment petition shall be substantially in the following form:

The ______ Transportation Development District shall be authorized to levy special assessments against property benefitted within the district for the purpose of providing revenue for the development of a project (or projects) in the district (insert general description of the project or projects, if necessary), said special assessments to be levied pro rata against each tract, lot or parcel or property within the district which is benefitted by such project in proportion to the (insert method of allocating special assessments), in an amount not to exceed $______ per annum per (insert unit of measurement).

  4.  If a proposal for making a special assessment fails, the district board of directors may, with the prior approval of the commission or the local transportation authority which will assume ownership of the completed project, delete from the project any portion which was to be funded by special assessment and which is not otherwise required for project integrity.

  5.  A district may establish different classes or subclasses of real property within the district for purposes of levying differing rates of special assessments.  The levy rate for special assessments may vary for each class or subclass of real property based on the level of benefit derived by each class or subclass from projects funded by the district.

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(L. 1990 S.B. 479 & 649 § 47, A.L. 1997 S.B. 303, A.L. 2007 S.B. 22)


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